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Stethoscope and dollars Just 9% of adults nationwide are aware that hospitals must disclose prices for treatments and procedures online. (Photo: Shutterstock)

New hospital price transparency rules took effect Jan. 1 — requiring hospitals to supply detailed pricing information on their websites to allow for easy cost comparisons. But a new Health Tracking Poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health policy analysis organization, reveals that “the vast majority of adults are unaware [of] or say this requirement does not exist.”

The new survey data finds that only 9% of adults nationwide are aware that hospitals must disclose prices for treatments and procedures online. Almost one-quarter of them say hospitals are not required to disclose pricing details, with the rest not sure what is required. Researchers note that “the low level of awareness of this newly adopted federal requirement is consistent across different age groups, income levels, and health status[es].” This is true even among individuals with chronic conditions who would be more likely to need hospital care.

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